Blizzard have announced huge changes to the way matchmaking and role switching functions in Overwatch. The Role Queue system will lock players into choosing specific roles in a 2-2-2 system, meaning the team will comprise of two tanks, two supports, and two DPS heroes. It seems this is a step taken to counter the ever present ‘GOATS’ meta that is currently ruling competitive Overwatch, where each team consists of three tanks and three supports.
Speaking of the changes, Blizzard said “Currently in Quick Play and Competitive Play, a lot of important decision-making happens in the 40 seconds before a match even begins, as everyone selects their heroes and responds to others’ role choices. It’s not uncommon for players—who may all have different goals and play styles—to feel tension, pressure, disappointment, or even hostility as a team composition comes together. The Role Queue system is designed to help take the edge off this process, ultimately leading to matches that feel fairer and more fun, where players are in roles that they want to be in”.
Previously, players would load into the game and then choose their heroes when all players were present. After the Role Queue is implemented players will instead choose their heroes prior to matchmaking, and then be matched depending on the class of hero they have chosen.
Once in-game you’ll be able to change hero within that role, but you’ll be unable to switch out of that role completely. Role Queue will be implemented both in Quick Play and Competitive modes, with each role having their own queue and skill rating that the player can rank up in.
“We believe that Role Queue will improve match quality, give players more control over their gameplay experience, and provide more positive social experiences between teammates” Blizzard went on to explain.
You can get a more in-depth look at the changes incoming to Overwatch over on Blizzard’s website, and we’ll have all the news you need to keep up to date right here on Green Man Gaming’s Newsroom.